The climate philanthropy statesman

GLASGOW – The Hewlett Foundation has traditionally been one of the biggest and longstanding funders in the climate philanthropy space, but this year they are asking their board to increase their budget by 40 per cent.

That’s how much the climate funding space has grown in recent years, Larry Kramer – President and CEO of the Hewlett Foundation – tells me.

‘We’ve gone from being the largest [climate] funder in the world in 2007 to having a number of funders that are larger than us, even though we’ve increased our budget,’ Kramer says.

We are sitting in the Methane Pavilion, which is a small set up in the exhibition centre that will host conversations on the effects of methane over the two weeks of COP26. Methane, which comes from energy, industry, agriculture, land use, and waste management, is at least 80 times as effective as trapping heat as carbon dioxide, but crucially it can dissipate in the atmosphere in a matter of years, which makes reducing it one of the more effective ways to reduce warming.

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